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Helen Pankhurst

Helen Pankhurst is a women’s rights activist and senior advisor to CARE International, working in the UK and in Ethiopia.

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She is a trustee of ActionAid, a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE and Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan. Helen is the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement. The Sunday before International Women’s Day each year, Helen leads an annual march in London, joined by the Olympic Suffragettes #March4Women.  

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Deeds Not Words: The story of Women’s Rights: Then and Now

On the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote, Helen Pankhurst charts how women's lives have changed over the last century, and offers a powerful and positive argument for a new way forward.

Why is it taking so long?

Despite huge progress since the original suffragette campaign and wave after feminist wave, women are still not equal. On the centenary of one of the greatest steps forward for women – the Vote – suffragette descendent and campaigner Helen Pankhurst takes the reader on a journey exploring how women's lives have changed over the last 100 years, and how we can take things even further.

Combining historical insight with inspiring argument and quotes from women’s own experiences, Deeds Not Words is essential reading for anyone who wants to know more about how far women have come since the suffragettes, how far we still have to go, and how we will get there.


Deeds Not Words is available to order now.